Tezpur: A day-long training on National Tobacco Control Programme and implementation of COTPA for Dental Surgeons was held on Sunday at Tezpur in Sonitpur district. The programme was organised by District Tobacco Control Cell, District Health Society, Sonitpur.
Additional Deputy Commissioner Kulen Sarma formally inaugurated the programme at a meeting attended by Joint Director, Health Services, Dr. Krishna Kemprai, Dr Rini Duara, Superintendent of KCH, DSP Headquarter Sonitpur , Dr. Rashmi Rekha Sarma and dental surgeons of greater Tezpur.
Attending the event, District Nodal Officer and SDM &HO Dr Sunanda Tamuly stated that smokers had 20-25 times greater risk of developing lung cancer; 2-3 times greater risk of getting heart attacks; three times greater risk of sudden death and 30-60 times greater risk of getting sick. He also highlighted that cancer caused by tobacco consumption was detected in the mouth, throat, lungs, larynx, food pipe, urinary bladder, kidney, pancreas and cervix. He further said, “Every individual should contribute to making a sustainable, tobacco-free society, either by committing to never taking up tobacco or by quitting the habit.” “It should be our moral duty to contribute in the mission as all sections will benefit from successfully controlling the tobacco epidemic,” he added.